Johanna Konta withdraws from Ostrava Open and will not compete again this year
British No 1 Johanna Konta has pulled out of the Ostrava Open in Czech Republic, meaning she will not play another competitive match until 2021.
Konta has withdrawn from the hard-court tournament as she does not feel comfortable travelling for the event, particularly given the rising coronavirus cases in the Eastern European country.
The Ostrava Open was Konta’s last opportunity for a title in 2020, with the 29-year-old now looking ahead to 2021 and the Australian Open in January.
The British No 1 has had a disappointing year, exiting the Australian Open in the first round to Ons Jabeur before losing in the second round at the US Open to World No 88 Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea.
In her most recent appearance, the World No 13 was eliminated in the first round by American star Coco Gauff in straight sets at Roland Garros last month, with the 2019 French Open semi-finalist unable to trouble Gauff.
Following her performances at the Slams this year, Johanna Konta has come under criticism particularly from tennis legend Chris Evert, who has questioned her tactical intelligence and shot-making in recent weeks.
“I like Jo as a person and I respect her hard work ethic, but I get puzzled as to her choice of shots”, said Evert.
“You have to know your strengths, have to know your weakness, know how to play within yourself, and that is what I don’t think she does as well as she could”.
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